Open Your Hearts to Haiti

The destruction and human suffering that have once again gripped Haiti are truly heartbreaking.

I stand with fellow Council Members Mathieu Eugene, a native of Haiti, Farah Louis, a daughter of Haitian immigrants, and my other colleagues in offering prayers and support for the Haitian people and their brothers and sisters who are our neighbors here in New York City.

To be hit by such a powerful earthquake last weekend was nightmarish, particularly when you know that the impoverished nation is still recovering from the 2010 earthquake that killed an estimated 300,000 people. The misery was compounded just a few days later, when Tropical Storm Grace battered the country, hampering rescue efforts and flooding communities.

The death toll from the Aug. 14 earthquake stood at more than 2,100 people and an estimated 12,000 were injured. Thousands were rendered homeless.

I call on my fellow New Yorkers to open their hearts and support efforts to deliver immediate aid to help Haiti avoid further catastrophe. And let’s not stop there. Our nation has the resources to help the Haitian people rebuild and recover. Lets tell our leaders and representatives in Washington that now is the time to make a difference.

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